Friday, February 21, 2014

Update on Buster and Lady

I haven't had a post dedicated to them in a while, and now's a good time to do it since we had their well dog checks yesterday.

4.5 years ago when we adopted them and met their foster family to pick them up for our trip home, their foster mom gave us some good advice: "Don't overstuff Buster."  I knew from the pictures that Buster was a bit on the bulkier side, and it didn't take long to figure out that he's highly food motivated.  Lady was tall and long, but very lean since she had the energy of a roadrunner on high doses of caffeine.  I can say without a doubt that I never thought the tables would be turned and it would be Lady who was the one being overstuffed!

Buster's maintained his weight well, and is just over 22 lbs.  Lady, on the other hand, gained a whopping 5 lbs since last year's check, and tipped the scales at 27 lbs 7 oz.  We've had some issues with her bullying Buster for his dinner, so we're going to have to go back to feeding them separately so she stops doing that.  Of course having a 3 year old who thinks it's hilarious to toss food to them whenever she thinks I'm not looking isn't helping either.

Besides the weight issue, Lady's been having a lot of problems with her eye, and we're at the point that we knew would eventually come.  There's basically zero tear production in there anymore.  There was barely any production there to begin with, but the artificial tears aren't cutting it and her eye is dry within 5-10 minutes of an application regardless of how often I apply it (and right now, it's rather frequent since the air's so dry).  We got a stronger drop that's lubricating her eye more, and I noticed a huge difference this morning.  We're still doing the artificial tears in between applications on the stronger drops, but I'm hoping this will help minimize some of the inflammation and keep a good amount of moisture in her eye.

It really wasn't a bad appointment, and overall both dogs are healthy and doing well.  They got their booster shots, and we're going to go back in a month for the heartworm clinic so we can start the Heartguard for the year.

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