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September 20 th

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Carson, another adrenal crisis

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It took me two days to realize that Carson’s GI distress was another adrenal crisis.  He’s normally on florinef and pred for his adrenals. The only way to monitor the pred dosage is by clinical observation. I guess he may need > 5 mg a day. 10 mg would be the high end dose. The problem is that he is high stress, very anxious…anytime he sees Bear or I go near the horses, he gets very upset. If I lock him in the house when I feed the horses, he gets more upset. You want to keep them on enough adrenal meds to feel well, but not so much that they have the unwanted effects- weight gain, immune suppression…..I have figured out the florinef dosage he needs without the benefit of lab work, because it is near impossible for the vet to draw blood due to Carson’s very defensive attitude.

I thought he had been a little quiet lately because of the heat, but now I know it was his adrenals. An injection of dexamethasone last night returned him to his lively self by this morning. I have Addison’s disease myself. Dealing with Carson does not help mine, either. LOL.

Carson singing for his breakfast

Here was Carson, just 2 weeks ago…..it goes to show how things can change so quickly.

http://www.youtube.com/user/wetarez?feature=mhee#p/u/9/n4lobVQViD0

Right now, he is chewing a bone and seems to feel very well. There is a lot to be said for steroids, when they are needed.

 

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September 8 th

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Animal trainers and other possible control-freaks

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First of all, I call myself a “recovering control freak”. I had to become so desperately ill & disabled that I finally learned to “let go” of trying to micro-manage the planet.

Despite having absolutely no spare time and barely time to sleep, I joined a Linkedin Pet Lovers group and am getting a zillion email notifications with all the new posts. One man had a question about his middle aged husky who was becoming more and more food aggressive. I suggested he first have a full thyroid panel done, as >60% of aggressive dogs are actually low thyroid and thyroxine will often “fix” the behavior almost overnight….Well, along comes a dog trainer to tell him blood work is not needed. She then goes into a long dissertation on training.

This has become my pet peeve- trainers and behavior “experts” in the animal world who refuse to recognize that a lot of  “bad behavior” has a physical origin. I know people who have paid dog trainers thousands of dollars to try to fix SICK animals. There is no training solution to low thyroid and other illness-caused behavioral issues. The same goes for horses. If a horse has sore,diseased or imbalanced feet or back, neck, joint or tooth pain – he is not going to perform well!

Please take the advice of vets and holistic animal care experts and rule out health problems before resorting to professional training.

So, this leads me to conclude that, perhaps, people who are a bit control-freakish maybe are attracted to jobs as trainers. A desire to “run the show” might make them  resistant to other ideas….Of course, there are exceptions, such as our friend and dog trainer, Maryanne, who regularly uses Hemopet to do thyroid panels on dogs she rescues and works with. She is the gal who rescued Carson out of the pound for us  and, yes, he was aggressive and very low thyroid.

Carson May 2010 and January 2011

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July 19 th

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Oh, That Carson!

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Every once in awhile, Carson becomes enamored with one of the girls and spends many hours courting her. He is very polite, but cannot refrain from whining,  cleaning her ears and being a general pest. Several days ago, he fell in love with Rainy (again). When she gets tired of all the attention, she asks to be let out into Bear’s yard and Bear’s part of the house. Since Bear and Carson don’t get along,  we had to divide their living areas.

Once out with Bear, Rainy lavishes a lot of attention on him, which makes Carson even more jealous and intensifies his interest in her when she returns to his side of the house and yard. Oy vey!

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Carson singing for his breakfast

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