Members of Daisy’s fan club have been asking about her, so an update on Daisy’s process appears to be in order. She’s into her third week of shots and twice daily pills for pain. All seems to be progressing well. She’ll have blood work next week to make sure that the meds aren’t adversely affecting her liver, but she appears to be fine. She’s walking without a limp, and her energy level (never that high) is pretty much back to normal.
Then there’s the diet. The two meal per day regime lasted about a day. She was not happy. And when she’s not happy, we’re not happy. We’ve reached a compromise. Instead of three cups of dry dog food per day, she’s getting slightly under 2 1/2 cups. Morning and evening meals consist of one cup dry plus 1/4 cup diced chicken. Lunch is a scant 1/2 cup dry and a half can of salt-free green beans. There are still “cookies,” but they are liberally supplemented by baby carrots.
Our compromise may not be perfect, but it’s working for now. More exercise would be good, but the humidity is a problem. She really doesn’t like the heat. Left to her own devices, she would stay in the air conditioned house. If it’s hot, going out to take care of necessary business a few times a day requires coaxing.
Sweet Daisy has a mind of her own, and lets us know what works for her. We’re just happy that veterinary medicine has been able to deal with her arthritis and keep her comfortable.